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Old 11-15-2014, 07:47 AM   #1
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Extend rear frame for sewer line storage? Or?

My 61' Ambassador project is moving along. The frame repair (What I consider minor) will be complete before Thanksgiving, so this is a MAJOR decision I must decide IMMEDIATELY!
I'm cutting off the curbside back main frame rail about 4ft forward (2nd cross member), road side back far enough JUST so it looks new from the outside.
I have seen ASs with a little flip up door thing between the back of the camper and the bumper, I assume for the Sewer line storage?
There is a hillbilly sewer line storage riveted to the bottom, but I'm taking it off for sure. I LOVE the look of the back of my AS as it was built, but that door thing is something I can see would be handy to store the sewer line in.
Opinions on this? This is the time to extend it, or I will never do it (I know how I am. I do something right the first time and never touch it again).
What is everyone else doing for sewer line storage with Vintage trailers? I really don't want the sewer line inside the camper.
Is it worth the hassle to put in that rear bumper storage or is there something better/cooler I can do for Sewer line storage?
There is no denying that it looks cleaner without that door assembly on the back. But a cool place to keep the Sewer line probably takes priority.
Note the slight bow in the bumper. I am HOPEFUL I can use a press to straighten it. But if not, is there something available that I could change it out? Without the door assembly being added, the Bow isn't really a factor, but I would still attempt to straighten it.
Oh, the only other frame issue is right at the door. I am removing the existing step holder and putting a piece of angle to support the floor better. It's not a rust issue, I think it's a design flaw...
ANY opinions (And detailed pictures of that bumper storage compartment) would be greatly appreciated!
Also,,, with this redoing of the back, I'm going to conceal a 1 1/4" Reese holder for a bike rack to be used at times. The way I'm re-tying the floor to the frame to the body, I truly think it will be fine for local runs.
Again, any thoughts will be appreciated!
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:50 AM   #2
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Extend it now. My '63 had it done sometime in it's history and I have done the same thing on a '55.

To me, it doesn't change the way the trailer looks and it's a VERY functional addition.
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Do you have any pics of the inside of the "box"? How/where the hing is mounted?
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This is the best set of photos I can dig up. I always add a flashing up under the rear skin, it turns out toward the bumper and keeps water away from the floor. This is where I attach the hinge.
The 'box' is really an extension of the belly pan that slopes up at the rear and fits inside the bumper.
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We lengthened that under belly storage tube and put it back diagonally to store the flag poles...
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:55 PM   #6
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Yours is a 63? The bumper is different? Is that factory?
What would be easiest for me, is to put on an Alum. 4" square tube bumper, except I REALLY wanted to keep the original vintage look. I'm considering a 4" tube, then some kind of hinged deal on the factory bumper that would just swing up to access the sewer line.
Just a thought at this point. But I want to have the frame painted before Thanks giving weekend, so I need to get a plan worked out IMMEDIATELY!
I want to keep 99.9% of the water off those back main frame rails to protect the plywood (Which I have a GREAT plan worked out).
THANKS for all the info. You did a GREAT Job! It will be awesome to see in person at some point.
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The photos are from a '55, my '63 bumper looks just like yours. The frame is different on the '55, it's a thin gauge box while the '63 is commercial C Channel. Other than that, the bumper extension and cover are the same.
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Oh, I post some pics soon, but my frame rail extension, turned into a "partial rail replacement" project, which came out FLAWLESS!
Worst part, putting the 1 piece of plywood in place once the rails were in! lol..
I decided against a Reese setup back there.
And I used a buddy's press and now the bumper came out PERFECT! :-)
Thanks for the help! I bet you will approve! :-D
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